Saturday, March 23, 2013

Fulton Sheen Notebook

I love notebooking as a classroom tool, and I think that it can be fabulous in Religious Education Programs also.  Click here for a brief example that I made for another topic.

This Fulton Sheen Project demanded an awesome record keeping device as well as a keepsake for the kids, so a notebook is where we got started.

Here is mine:

We added tabs, because we be working on three main topics within this study, including research on the life of Fulton Sheen, Living the Sacraments, and the Path to Sainthood.

I didn't take a picture of this, but the tabs are simply half of a 3x5 index card folded in half and then stapled onto a sheet of paper in the notebook where I wanted the section to start.
You can see the first one a little better on this title page.

We made this title page on the day I told them about the project.  The "quick facts about FJS" is just a 4x6 index card taped only on the top like a hinge.  It flips up and reveals about five quick facts about Sheen's life that introduced the kids to him and why we were going to study him.
Then they received a holy card with him on it (a huge hit), which is taped with a hinge on the left so that it can be flipped to read the prayer on back.  We ended this intro activity talking about intercessory prayer and added a space for prayer intentions under half of a 3x5 index card for privacy.

(A note- I always prefer tape and especially staples when notebooking, because they allow for correction of mistakes, unlike glue.  Gluesticks are not as permanent and can fall out as a notebook is used and also don't go very far compared to their price.  Liquid glue is very permanent, but creates big problems for kids who can't use "just a little."  Notebook pages stuck together containing prized work is not a crisis I enjoy fixing.  That being said, I use staples, tape, glue sticks, and liquid glue for different things in a notebook, I just have my preferences.)

Here is  what the Notebook cover looks like, and you can access three different versions as printables below.  Stay tuned for more activities!
Notebook Cover with white text (like above)
Notebook Cover with black text
Slightly smaller version (like for Composition Notebooks)


  1. This looks great, Katie Ann! I will be sharing it on Twitter, Catholic Pinterest and my blog's FB page.

  2. This is amazing: we are doing a week of middle school camp about the saints and this is an amazing format to create their own saints books!!

  3. Found you via, Allison! Great job!!!!

  4. This is so awesome! Thank you so much for sharing this!
    I need to learn more about Ven Fulton Sheen, as do my kids!
    Will follow your blog now, too so I don't miss anything.:)

    Have a lovely day.

  5. Thanks everyone, for the encouragement! There is lots more in store that I have done in my I only need to find time to blog about it. Stay tuned!

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  8. Awesome ideas Katie Anne. I have been a follower & reader of Ven. Fulton Sheen for years and this so enjoyable. I am a catechist and would love this!!!

    1. Thanks! I hope that you are able to find some things to use under the "Teaching with Fulton Sheen" tab above- I use Fulton Sheen to teach about the Sacraments, prayer, Mary, and more!